Revisiting a Classic: The Lord of the Rings

“Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.” — The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings by…

The Long Night: A Review of Wolf Winter

Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck I heard of the novel Wolf Winter when I was looking for inspiration for a campaign of the Swedish horror RPG, Vaesen. I’ve enjoyed a fair amount of Swedish suspense and horror fiction, albeit in English translations. Wolf Winter takes place in Sweden in 1717, in a region known as Lapland,…

Make a Library Use Check

Some of the people reading this have never used a card catalog. I found myself recently explaining to my 16-year-old daughter what card catalogs were and how they were used. She did not seem impressed. In her defense, that’s probably about as valuable a skill nowadays as knowing how to crank a car to start…

I’m the Map, I’m the Map

In the early 1980s, as an early teen, while on the Staten Island Ferry with my grandfather, I remember seeing the strangest thing—a map of the New York City subway that just seemed wrong. I loved the New York subway system and pretty much had the entire system committed to memory. (I kinda still do,…

For Your Listening Pleasure – Bending Realities

Welcome to our “For Your Listening Pleasure” series, where we highlight and showcase podcasts and radio dramas that we enjoy. Admittedly, I, Modoc, lean heavily toward radio dramas, but I hope you won’t hold that against me. So, sit back, stay awhile, and maybe you’ll find something new for your listening pleasure. In this installment,…

Mysterious Monday – A Reality to be Experienced

The time is right for another installment of Mysterious Monday. We semi-regularly publish these short, creepy, and weird story hooks for readers to use as inspirational seeds. If you enjoy reading these or put any of them to use in your own game, let us know in the comments below. Following each narrative hook, several…

For Your Listening Pleasure: Here Be Ghosts!

Welcome to our “For Your Listening Pleasure” series, where we highlight and showcase podcasts and radio dramas that we enjoy. Admittedly, I, Modoc, lean heavily toward radio dramas, but I hope you won’t hold that against me. So, sit back, stay awhile, and maybe you’ll find something new for your listening pleasure. In this installment,…

Building Stories From The Ground Up – The Story Engine

The Story Engine Designer: Peter Chiykowski Publisher: The Story Engine Page Count: 9 Card Count: 180 Available Formats: PDF & Print PDF – $12.99 Print – $39.99 Writers and Gamemasters are creative souls who are typically looking for something to inspire their next creative writing spurt. Depending on whether you’re a traditional writer or a…

A Simple Man Making His Way in the Universe

I’m just a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe. ~ Jango Fett to Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones One of the more frequent challenges I’ve heard in emulating Star Wars in RPGs is having an effective mix of Jedi and non-Jedi characters. How does…